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Make Architects Picked for Sydney's Wynyard Station Overhaul

01:00 - 12 June, 2014
Make Architects Picked for Sydney's Wynyard Station Overhaul, © Make Architects
© Make Architects

Make Architects have been selected from a shortlist of five practices to renovate the area around Sydney's Wynyard Station, beating SOM, Grimshaw, Bates Smart and Ingenhoven to the $1 billion project.

The scheme, called One Carrington Street, involves the renovation of the historic Shell House, creation of a new 27-story, 58,000 square metre office tower, a new eastern transit hall for Wynyard Station including 5,000 square metres of retail space, and a new grand entrance to Wynyard Station from George and Carrington Streets.

More on the scheme after the break

Ansarada / Those Architects

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
Ansarada / Those Architects, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Ben Mitchell, Simon Addinall, Justin Smith, Geordie McKenzie, Goran Momircevski
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman +21

Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival

00:00 - 29 May, 2014
Sydney Illuminates Itself with City-Wide Light Festival, Vivid Sydney 2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House © James Horan
Vivid Sydney 2014: The Lighting of the Sails of the Sydney Opera House © James Horan

Now through June 9, the city of Sydney will be illuminated by its annual, world-exclusive light festival known as Vivid Sydney. Each night from 6PM until midnight, many of the Harbour City’s most famous landmarks will be transformed into an interactive visual spectacular, paralleled with street side installations, laser shows, (free) live music performances and over 200 creative industry business events.

One of the festival highlights, of course, is the illumination of the Sydney Opera House. Watch as Jørn Utzon’s famous white sails are transformed by a series of mind-bending, 3D projections designed by 59 Productions after the break...

Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture

00:00 - 14 May, 2014
Sydney Pushes First-Ever Policy to Promote Culture, © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

The City of Sydney has requested that 1.6 million square meters of empty commercial and residential space be made available to artists for “creative activities.” The proposed cultural policy offers over 120 ideas in which the space can be used to enhance Sydney’s reputation as a world renowned creative city. “The City is proud to spend more than $34 million each year to support the arts, culture and creative activity in Sydney – but we know it is equally important to create an environment where ideas and imagination can flourish.” More information on the new policy can be found here

Eliza Apartments / Tony Owen Partners

01:00 - 17 April, 2014
Eliza Apartments  / Tony Owen Partners, Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners
Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners

Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners Courtesy of Tony Owen Partners +13

MUSE / Woods Bagot

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
MUSE  / Woods Bagot, © Peter Bennetts
© Peter Bennetts
  • Interior Designers

  • Location

    Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109
  • Project Team

    Georgia Singleton, Alan Duffy, Jo Dane, Kori Todd, Danny Wehbe, Danny Chan, Chang Liu
  • Area

    900.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts © Peter Bennetts +22

Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects

01:00 - 29 March, 2014
Glebe House / Nobbs Radford Architects, Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects
Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Architect in Charge

    Sean Radford
  • Design Team

    Sean Radford, Alison Nobbs
  • Assistant Architects

    Trevor Black, Laura Bagnato
  • Area

    250.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects

Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects Courtesy of Nobbs Radford Architects +25

HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney

19:37 - 13 March, 2014
HASSELL Wins Competition to Construct Landmark Tower in Sydney, Courtesy of HASSELL
Courtesy of HASSELL

Australian firm HASSELL has been announced as the winner of an international design competition for 60 Martin Place, an office tower at the heart of the city's business precinct. The "environmentally sound" tower will replace an existing 1970s complex slated for demolition in early 2016, with construction anticipated to commence in early 2019.

Learn more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL Courtesy of HASSELL +5

The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout

00:00 - 11 January, 2014
The Tale of Sydney's Urban Sellout, Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Barangaroo Sydney Artist Impression. Image © Barangaroo Delivery Authority

A recent, well-written article for The Guardian chronicles the story of Sydney's East Darling Harbour (also known as 'Barangaroo'), from the city's optimism in 2003 to the relative disappointment of today. David Shoebridge, a New South Wales Greens MP and the party's planning spokesperson, recounts the series of compromises and sellouts that have turned what was meant to be a "prime public space" into - to add insult to injury - the site for a casino.You can read this cautionary tale in full here.

Waterloo Youth Center / Collins and Turner

01:00 - 7 January, 2014
Waterloo Youth Center / Collins and Turner, © Richard Glover
© Richard Glover

© Richard Glover © Paul Bradshaw © Paul Bradshaw © Paul Bradshaw +27

Pablo & Rusty’s / Giant Design

01:00 - 7 January, 2014
Pablo & Rusty’s  / Giant Design  , © Andrew Worssam
© Andrew Worssam
  • Architects

  • Location

    Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
  • Associate

    Chris Wilks
  • Director

    Ed Kenny
  • Photographs

© Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam © Andrew Worssam +13

Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney's Bondi Beach

00:00 - 22 December, 2013
Sustainable Container Home Selected in Competition for Sydney's Bondi Beach, Courtesy of Aleš Javůrek
Courtesy of Aleš Javůrek

Czech architect Ales Javurek has been awarded first prize in the [AC-CA] Architectural Competition for his design of a two-story, 340 square meter vacation home utilizing shipping containers in Sydney, Australia. The proposal situates the home on the edge of a 1500 square meter hillside to maximize the striking panoramic view of Bondi Beach. By preserving current trees and the slope's profile, consisting of "three platforms," the proposal successfully addresses the main brief: to design a contemporary, sustainable vacation house which sensitively fits into its context and considers Sydney's climate conditions. 

Learn more after the break…

House Maher / Tribe Studio

01:00 - 19 December, 2013
House Maher / Tribe Studio, © Katherine Lu
© Katherine Lu
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Hannah Tribe, Tony Tribe, Ben Wollen
  • Structural Engineer

    Cantilever Engineers
  • Area

    327.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu © Katherine Lu +14

Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Sydney Greenland Centre Marketing Suite / PTW + LAVA, © Brett Boardman
© Brett Boardman

© Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman © Peter Murphy © Brett Boardman +16

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung +9

Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition

01:00 - 14 November, 2013
Four Teams Shortlisted For Parramatta Square Design Competition, Mario Cucinella Architects. Image Courtesy of Parramatta City Council
Mario Cucinella Architects. Image Courtesy of Parramatta City Council

Four designs for two large commercial towers in the heart of Sydney have been unveiled by Parramatta City Council, with proposals from Sydney based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, Bates Smart, and Italian practice Mario Cucinella Architects. Attracting over 73 submissions from around the world, the two towers will act as the centerpiece for the Parramatta Square's three-hectare site. 

The shortlist is part of stages five and six of the total master plan, previous projects of which have been awarded to the likes of Grimshaw Architects. Review the projects and read the jury's comments after the break...

Councillor John Chedid, Lord Mayor of Sydney, described the the projects as "forward-thinking, innovative solutions," going on to say that "without question, this creative range of designs, submitted by many of the leading architecture firms across the world today, will help us meet our future business, cultural, entertainment and tourism needs, and signpost Parramatta in a distinctive, unique way."

The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
The Sydney Opera House: Celebrating 40 Years, © Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee
© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee

Today is the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Sydney Opera House, the symbol of Australia. Since its opening in 1973, the Opera House has welcomed over 65 million people to more than 80,000 memorable events. To celebrate, an Anniversary program will run from mid to late October, with concerts, tours, exhibitions, and cake! A true masterpiece that continues to redefine the ambitions of Australia, the Opera House is part of an incredible story, a work of architecture that belongs to everyone.

© Flickr - User: Jong Soo (Peter) Lee © Jozef Vissel © Flickr - User: Heaven's Gate (John) © Tomas Klein +12

The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon

00:00 - 20 October, 2013
The Opera House Project: Telling the Story of Australia's Icon, Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC
Under Construction in 1968. Image © Flickr – User: PhillipC

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the completion of Danish architect Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, The Opera House Project takes you on a journey from the project's inception in 1954 - known as Design 218 - to the completed masterpiece up to 2012, and all the personal, political and technical struggles that the designers were faced with. As expressed by Sam Doust, writer and director of the project, the epic journey is based on an "aspiration to perfection" and then the "failure to achieve it".